Khalil Rountree Jr. Biography | Khalil Rountree Jr.
Khalil Rountree Jr.(Other names: The War Horse) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
He has won several fights in UFC and also holds a record of 4-0 in his prior career fighting with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). He has had a successful career with the UFC as well. In 2017, he defeated Paul Craig at the UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio, thereby registering a resounding victory. On a personal note, the mixed martial artist enjoys listening to music and dancing; he is a big fan of the disco group Village People. When he’s not fighting, he can be seen spending time with his furry friend, Bruce.
His simple style and unforgettable mustache definitely make him stand out from others. He is also known for inspiring others and encouraging people to follow their dreams. He is indeed an icon for black American youths to emulate. Till date, Rountree has earned hundreds of thousands of fans, both on the social media and otherwise. Many people, especially youngsters, follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Khalil Rountree Jr. Age
Khalil Rountree Jr. is 29 years old as of 2019. He was born on 6 February 1990, in Los Angeles, California, United States
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Khalil Rountree Jr. Background
Khalil Rountree Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California. When he was two years old, his father was shot and killed in an attempted robbery while working as the tour manager for Boyz II Men.
At the age of 20 and weighing 300 lbs., Rountree joined Wand Fight Team gym in the attempt to lose weight. After one year of MMA training, Rountree started his MMA amateur career in 2011. Khalil trains at Syndicate MMA Las Vegas.
Khalil Rountree Jr. Height
Khalil Rountree Jr. has a height of 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall and a Weight of 204 1⁄2 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Khalil Rountree Jr. Personal life | Family
Rountree enjoys dancing and listening to music. He is a fan of the Village People.
Khalil Rountree was born on February 6, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, United States. At the age of two, he lost his father who was shot in an attempted robbery while serving as tour manager of the American R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men.
He has a brother who is also a mixed martial artist. Details about his other family members and educational background are not known to the media. Similarly, information regarding MMA’s love and dating life is also unavailable.
Khalil Rountree Jr. Career
Khalil Rountree made a record of 6-0 in his amateur fights while working under the Tuff-N-Uff and King of the Cage banners. In his professional fighting career with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), he made a record of 4-0.
Then in 2016, he competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia. Rountree won the first round via knockout but lost the elimination round via submission. Later on, he was brought back for the semi-final round as one of the players withdrew himself from the game due to an injury. Rountree went on to win via knockout in the 1st round and headed to the finale.
On July 8, 2016, the American MMA made his promotional debut at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and fought against Andrew Sanchez. Unfortunately, he lost the match via unanimous decision. Then in November, he faced Tyson Pedro and submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round.
Rountree’s third fight was with Daniel Jolly at the UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie in February 2017. He won in the first round via knockout. Then in July, he fought against Paul Craig and again won via knockout in round 1. Rountree was about to face Gökhan Saki in December 2017. However the latter backed off due to injury and was replaced by Michal Oleksiejczuk. Rountree lost this fight.
Khalil Rountree Jr. Mixed martial arts career
Khalil Rountree Jr. had a record of 6-0 in his amateur fights under the Tuff-N-Uff and King of the Cage (KOTC) banners. He amassed a record of 4-0 in his professional career fighting in Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) prior to joining UFC.
The Ultimate Fighter
In April 2016, Rountree competed as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia. In the first round, he faced Muhammed DeReese and won via knockout. In the elimination round, he faced Cory Hendricks and lost via submission in the first round.
Later in the show, Hendricks withdrew himself from the competition due to a neck injury and Dana White decided to bring back Rountree for the semi-final round. Rountree moved on to faced Josh Stansbury and won via knockout in the first round to advance face Andrew Sanchez at the finale.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Rountree made his promotional debut on July 8, 2016, at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale for the TUF 23 Light Heavyweight title against Andrew Sanchez. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
He next faced Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson on November 27, 2016. He was submitted via rear-naked choke in round one.
On his third fight, Rountree faced Daniel Jolly at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie on February 4, 2017. He won via knockout in the first round.
Rountree faced Paul Craig on July 16, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
He was expected to face Gökhan Saki on December 30, 2017, at UFC 219. However, Saki was forced to pull out, citing knee injury, and was replaced by Michal Oleksiejczuk. He lost the fight by unanimous decision. However, after the fight, it was revealed that Oleksiejczuk had tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic substance. As a result, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) officially overturned the result of the fight to a no contest.
The bout between Rountree and Gökhan Saki eventually took place at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018. Rountree won the fight via knockout in round one. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
He faced promotional newcomer Johnny Walker on November 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 140. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Rountree faced Eryk Anders on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
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ATLANTA – Khalil Rountree moved to the other side of the world in order to improve his game ahead of UFC 236.
After suffering a knockout loss to Johnny Walker in less than two minutes at UFC Fight Night 140, Rountree (7-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) knew something had to change. He felt aspects of his game were exposed in that contest, and to be successful in Saturday’s UFC 236 matchup with Eryk Anders (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), he couldn’t carry on as he was.
So for Rountree, the solution was to relocate to Thailand.
“The main reason (I moved to Thailand) was after the Johnny Walker fight I realized in the clinch I have nothing,” Rountree told MMA Junkie. “Obviously he was big, he was tall, strong, but when I watched it from a technical perspective I saw like, ‘Damn, I got shut down.’ Everything I learned from MMA coaches in the clinch, it didn’t click. Not that it didn’t work, it just didn’t click.”
Rountree, 29, who has spent recent years working at Syndicate MMA and the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, said he has settled in extremely well in Thailand. He’s spent times at different camps in various cities, and he said it has renewed his energy.
For perhaps the first time, Rountree said he’s truly in love with his career as a professional fighter. For that reason, he said he intends on staying in Thailand beyond UFC 236.
“I was doubting my spirits and I’ve always wanted to be in Thailand so I went there to learn some technique,” Rountree said. “I needed to pick myself up after that loss and I couldn’t rely on anybody to go, ‘OK, you’ll bounce back.’ The people that were there were very supportive. I had to bring myself back up. It’s been a dream to go there and I’ve found it.”
UFC 236 takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The light heavyweight bout between Rountree and Anders is part of the pay-per-view main card following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Rountree said he’s quite keen on the bout with Anders, who is coming off back-to-back losses of his own. “The War Horse” believes the fight is evenly matched, and he looks forward to displaying what he’s learned overseas.
“I think we’re both very strong competitors,” Rountree said. “We’re both going in there hungry, coming off losses with great potential. It’s such an equal matchup in a lot of areas that I’m excited myself to see how it all pans out.”
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Khalil Rountree took focus from results, put it in show ‘the best version of myself’ at UFC 236
ATLANTA – Some of those watching may have been surprised that, throughout the three-round battering inflicted by Khalil Rountree on Saturday, Eryk Anders just kept coming back.
But Rountree (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) certainly wasn’t. Going into their 205-pound meeting, which was part of UFC 236’s pay-per-view main card, Rountree was well aware that Anders (11-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) wouldn’t be easy to put away. Which is why, even at times when it seemed like a finish seemed within his grasp, patience was key.
“Yeah, I wanted to knock him out, but I wasn’t hungry for it, you get what I’m saying?” Rountree told reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. “I dropped him, I saw that he wasn’t completely out, so I was like, ‘OK, I’ll just stand back up and hopefully it happens.’
“I’ve been in fights before where I’ll knock a guy down and be too hungry for the knockout. I feel like a lot of times, guys are a little bit too hungry for the knockout. We go in there and then we stand up and then we’re gassing. We see it all the time.”
Rountree’s mentality against a resilient foe was that “I can’t just go in there and knock out a tree.” So, instead of trying to chop it down with a single axe strike, he chipped away at its legs. The result of that can be seen in a video posted by Anders on his Instagram Stories Sunday morning, which was accompanied by a suiting gif.
Although Rountree didn’t get a finish, he walked away with three 30-26 scorecards in what was praised as his finest work yet in the UFC.
A big move was a factor behind his success. As Rountree had told MMA Junkie ahead of the bout, he relocated to Thailand after a quick knockout loss to Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 140 last November. Rountree went there motivated to improve his technique, but the experience ended up doing wonders for his spirit, as well.
The move also translated to a shift in Rountree’s mentality. Saturday, he said, was just the first step in its evolution.
“I realized that fighting in the UFC, it’s really hard to embrace it and grow without having to win, win, win,” Rountree said. “You have to win in order to stay here. And that’s a lot of pressure for someone who really loves fighting and wants to be the best and wants to be my best. But then I have this hanging over my head where it’s like, ‘But if you lose, you may not be able to have that shot again.’ That pressure, and dealing with ‘I could lose my job, I could lose all of these opportunities,’ just based off of a mistake, or maybe not feeling it that morning or something.
“There are so many things that play into what we go through emotionally – or what I go through, I’m an emotional guy. So this week and today I was just like, ‘You know what? I’ve just got to do what I want to do and not think about if I’m going to get cut or win or lose. I’m going to display the best version of myself.’”
Rountree says he fell in love with Thailand and intends to “set my roots” there this year. The plan is to continue at Tiger Muay Thai, in Pukhet, where Rountree set up shop after an initial stint in Bangkok.
As for what this win means when it comes to his place in the UFC’s 205-pound division, Rountree doesn’t know. After all, it’s hard to gauge where one stands in such an ever-shifting scenario.
Thankfully, Rountree doesn’t really mind that.
“Whoever I have to fight and just continue to do good match-ups until it’s time for me to fight for a title or something,” Rountree said. “But I want to continue to put on showcases like tonight. This was more my style. More what I’m working toward showing for my fans consistently. When my fans see me fight or anybody sees me fight, I want them to kind of know what to expect.
“Not this, like ‘Sometimes he kind of shows up like this.’ Tonight I showed, yes, I do have power. Yes, I can drop a person. Yes, I do have kicks. Takedown defense, everything that I – I just want to be consistent. So whoever it is in front of me, if we’re a good match-up, I want it.”
UFC 236 live blog: Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree
This is the UFC 236 live blog for Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Anders, who is competing at light heavyweight for the second time in the UFC, faces Rountree, an Ultimate Fighter finalist whose his last three wins have come by way of first-round knockout, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 236 live blog below.
Round 1: Eryk Anders is the first fighter on the main card to come out to OutKast – ATLiens – and now the city of Atlanta loves him. He doesn’t use that love though for the first minute as both men are feeling each other out, with Rountree landing the occasional leg kick. Rountree explodes with a three punch combo that just misses but gets everyone’s attention. Anders has not done much and Rountree is starting to tally up the strikes; nothing murderous but consistent work.
Anders doesn’t seem to be able to figure out the range and Rountree is really starting to go to work with leg kicks. a huge combination from Rountree prompts Anders to fire back but Rountree is targeting the lead leg of Anders aggressively. It’s starting to swell up and that’s gonna mean problems for the former football player. The round ends without too much further action.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Rountree.
Round 2: Rountree’s work in Thailand is showing and he drops Anders with a huge punch to start the round. Anders does a great job of kicking Rountree off. Rountree is able to land a few shots while Anders is down but he lets him back to the feet and is once against in pursuit. A counter hook as Anders ducks in floors the former football player and he looked out on his feet but is able to recover! Incredible chin showed by Anders who is still b=wobbly and dives on a desperation takedown that gets nowhere. Rountree is pummeling Anders now, working the body and the head.
The only bright spot for Anders is Rountree has temporarily forgotten about attacking the legs. Incredibly, Anders seems to have recovered but Rountree drops him again with a huge right hook. Anders is still conscious and keeps kicking Rountree off and you’ve gotta wonder what it’ll take to stop this man! Rountree appears to be reassessing. He goes back to a leg kick but drops Anders again with a lunging hook! Anders again is able to stay safe though and Rountree lets him up. This is unbelievable! Anders corner should definitely stop this fight but what a showing of heart by this man.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-7 for Rountree.
Round 3: Rountree is patient to start the third and returns to working the legs over. Anders is looking to counter but can’t pull the trigger. He needs a finish and if he gets one, it’s the greatest comeback in MMA history. Rountree lands a pair of hooks but Anders stays on his feet. First time in while that’s happened so maybe Rountree is losing steam. The leg kicks are clearly starting to affect Anders now.
His movement is compromised. Both Anders and Rountree miss on monstrous hooks. Anders is still dangerous. Rountree is in retreat now some. This is interesting. with a minute left, Anders is now the aggressor. Rountree just misses with a good combo but he’s clearly faded and Anders is pushing forward looking for the miracle. He does not get it but it’s a minor miracle that he saw the final bell.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 for Rountree and the fight overall 30-25 for Rountree.
Official result: Khalil Rountree wins by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)